UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
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Our rapidly changing world calls for opportunities to learn throughout life, for individual fulfilment, social cohesion and economic prosperity.
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) strengthens the capacities of Member States to build effective and inclusive lifelong learning policies and systems, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4. It aims to develop learning ecosystems that work across life, in every setting and benefit everyone through building capacity at local and national levels, strengthening partnerships, and offering data and knowledge.
Embracing a culture of lifelong learning
Creating a global culture of lifelong learning will be key to addressing the challenges faced by humanity, from the climate crisis to technological and demographic change, not to mention those posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the inequalities it has exacerbated. Read our Embracing a culture of lifelong learning report and learn how to make it happen.
Our flagship activities
lack basic literacy skills
participate in education and learning programmes in almost one-third of countries worldwide.
spend less than 1% of their education budgets on adult learning and education.
Data and knowledge
How Annah, at the age of 70, decided to join forces with other grandmothers in her rural community in Uganda to learn how to read and write.
A story by German prisoner Johannes J. about life in prison and the transformative potential of libraries.
How the UNESCO learning city of Shanghai provides lifelong learning opportunities for its over 24.8 million citizens.